Show #280 – Holistic Healing of People and Planet with Biodynamics Farmer, David McFall


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And on this week’s show!

“She shied away from talking about the neighbours saying they were unfortunately no longer on good terms,” David asked her what happened and eventually she shared that the neighbour had flown a pesticide spraying plane over by their property one day and the next, she miscarried. How to feel hope? Enter today’s guest, David McFall, a biodynamic farmer from Western Australia. Interviewing a farmer is always a feel-good experience on the show because they’re always farmers working with regenerative methods, leaving the landscape better and better, more biodiverse, sequestering more carbon, and developing healthier and healthier water systems with each passing year. I hope you enjoy this conversation about how farming innovation doesn’t need to hurt the people who farm or the planet, and how we all have a place in the world to connect to nature in some way and be good custodians – city or country peeps. 

Questions I asked David:

  • Always a farmer or born-again? 
  • And did you always farm biodynamically, if not, what were the steps/curiosities and challenges that led you to seek out a different way? 
  • Gotiana – Switzerland
  • How is the way we connect to landscapes broken/what can we do to heal that – as farmers, and as eaters living in all sorts of ways and places? What is “indigenising”? 
  • What is the role of the consumer in changing the way we farm? 
  • What are we fighting for? Let’s talk soil and the magic of it. 
  • There are many forms of farming classified as regenerative, all with biodiversity, healthy water systems, and symbiotic relationships between plant/animal world at their core – how can you best describe where you’ve ended up? 
  • Have you had difficulties with water security in the past? How have you designed the system to be more water-secure? 
  • How do we influence elected officials to turbo charge the change we need?

About David McFall

David McFall is a 4th generation farmer located in the picturesque district of Cherry Tree Pool in the Great Southern District of WA. The property ‘Temple Farm’ is a leading example of regenerative organic farming with fully integrated projects such as Yeoman’s water harvesting, revegetation for habitat linkage, Oil Mallee agroforestry, and Carbon farming.

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Other helpful links:

Learn more about COBWA:

Flood Donation Resources for Lismore/Northern Rivers and Brisbane:

Lismore Library

What do donate: Cash/Books in any of these categories: Adult Fiction/Large Print Books/Junior & Young Adult Books/Children’s Story Books/Children’s DVDs/Jigsaws/Audio Books/Parenting Collection (non-fiction books on parenting topics)/Junior Non-Fiction Books

Where to send books: Administration office, 6 Centenary Drive Goonellabah NSW 2480 (you can put in ‘Lismore Library – Flood Donation’)
Where to send cash:
  • Account Name Lismore City Council – RTRL Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Account
  • BSB 062-565
  • Account Number 10864916
Make sure to send an email to Amanda Binney (Management Accountant) [email protected] at the time of any donations being made with the following information:
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What to donate: They are currently accepting cash donations and the following items:

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For more deets on their different drop-off locations and their opening hours, go here.

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Animal Rescue Cooperative is focused on supporting food, water treatment, pumps, and containment for Animals caught up in the huge QLD/NSW Floods.

To start donating, you can click here. They are also a tax deductive gift recipient with DGR and you will be issued a receipt.

Micah Projects Limited is still in need of your generous donations to help to continue to provide individuals and families with access to safe and affordable accommodation, utilities, food, and furniture. It will help prevent the marginalisation of the already marginalised population so they can get back on their feet with dignity and safety.

Ukraine Relief Resources:

New South Wales and Queensland SES

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World Central Kitchen

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Mercy Corps

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Voices of Children

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Revived Soldiers Ukraine

An organisation focused on assisting injured soldiers with rehabilitation

Sunflower of Peace

A non-profit providing medical aid in Ukraine and supporting medical teams on the frontline


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